Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve 2008
As has become tradition, our Rock Arch cabernet, the last grapes to be picked in 2008, is featured prominently in our Reserve Cabernet, the final wine of the vintage to be released. This year we are also very excited to have a new contributor to the blend. Our "Jim's Vineyard" block, planted in 2006 with green-growing bench-grafts taken from the 30-year-old Rock Arch block, produced a tiny crop that made an elixir so tantalizing it just had to be featured in our crown jewel reserve wines. Jim's shares many of the unique traits we love about Rock Arch – inky black color, massive but supple tannins, and flavor intensity that won't quit. But "Jim's," named after founder Jim Pride, has a lushness and voluptuousness we have never experienced from Rock Arch. With flavors of black cherry, kirsch, plum, dark chocolate and hazelnut, the 2008 Reserve Cab is a concentrated, velvety, smile-inducing, "wow" wine.
red juicy fruit combined with blackberries, big, bold, red and dark currants and chocolate milk components, huge and amazing. Eating it with steak would make it that much better
Big, but also sliky smooth. Very impressive. Beautiful tannins with notes of crushed violets. Every thing is perfectly integrated.
I'm new to Pride Mountain and have become an instant fan. I attended a vertical Cab Reserve tasting covering 1999 to 2004, with a couple of eclectic other Cabs to add interest. Blind tasting can be embarrassing. When you encounter someone who treats the hobby with a little snobishness or arrogance, lure them into tasting blind. We knew that there was a Parker-rated 99 in the group, and you like to pick it out for your credibility. I didn't think the wine I picked as the 2001 was my favorite. It is still in the crib, but it, indeed, was the 01. I think it needs another 10 years, maybe 20. It is a Big Wine. I picked the 2004 second, thinking it was the 02, or 03. Great red wines can have some subtle differences. It didn't have the ink-black color of the 01, but then none of the other wines did either. It is much more accessible, now, than the others, although I think it'll improve for a decade or more. They all will. What I like about the 04 was a wonderful nose that screamed, "delicious fruit," and a taste, that went on and on, to match. I didn't need food, although this would go beautifully with the usual bold red-wine fare, I could have sat there and sipped this bottle all by myself, basking in the rare, perfect fruit. Robert Foley nailed this one, as far as I'm concerned. I'll be looking for deals of this wine (around $100, I guess).
Dark & brooding. The nose opened with some damp forest floor of pine needles and moss. Intense dark fruits of super black cherry, black currant and blackberry, with a deft touch of pomegranate. The palate revealed an amazing intertwined medley of those black fruits with some black & white malted in the mix, leaning heavier toward the chocolate. Wow. The tannins seemed to be resolving nicely although I sensed some chewiness still present. There is too much happening in this wine to put in words. Its somewhat typical Foley and yet I can see the appeal to a wider audience including Foley dissers. The mouth feel was very silky and smooth, but you can't ignore the power hiding under the surface of this iceberg. As others have stated: this is an exotic cabernet with TONS of structure and finesse. No rush on these. A super long minute plus finish and Bobs your uncle.... really.
External Reviews for Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve
A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2007 Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 750ml
The utterly profound 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve reveals abundant notes of licorice, creme de cassis, unsmoked high class cigar tobacco, and toasty oak. Full-bodied with fabulous depth, richness, and texture as well as a multilayered mouthfeel, s... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2006 Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 1500ml
A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2006 Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 1500ml
What a wine. Take one of thoese hugely gooey, famous winemaker Napa Cabs, the kind that melt your palate like butter on toast or chocolate in a microwave, and add firece mountain tannins, and this is what you get. A humungous, dry, important Cab, one that desperately needs cellaring. Ten years should do it; 20 might do better. The spicy blackberry and cherry fruit isn't going anywhere.
The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (a blend of equal parts Napa and Sonoma fruit) offers abundant quantities of crème de cassis notes, medium to full body, a big, beefy, smoky character intermixed with scorched earth, coffee, and blackberries, and a rich, dense, smooth style. Drink this superb Cabernet over the next 12-15 years.
Spice, red currant and blackberry aromas. Turns taut and firm on the palate, with mouthcoating tannins. Hints of mocha and vanilla bean add a nice flavor dimension, and on the finish the fruit and tannins shine through. Best from 2009 through 2014.
The inky/ruby/purple-colored 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve exhibits aromas of crushed rocks, black currant jam, smoke, vanilla, and earth. With terrific texture, slightly elevated tannin, and a long, persistent, 35-second finish, this is a well-made, rich, concentrated, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Cellar it for 2-3 years, and consume it over the following 10-15.
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